MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 4, 2013

Have fun celebrating but be wary of horse

By Vicki Beene
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— Although I love the Fourth of July and all it represents, I, like many of you, worry and stress for our horses during this celebratory time.

Horses are often upset by both the sound and sight of the fireworks going off and often some incur injuries. They have acute hearing therefore loud sounds may cause actual pain in their ears.

Fireworks must not be set off near horses in fields, or close to buildings housing them. Anyone planning a firework display near horses should warn their neighbor.

Keep your horse in its familiar environment, in its normal routine with any companions to make it feel secure. If your horse is usually stabled then keep it stabled.

Sometimes closing the top door so your horse cannot see the fireworks, turning a radio on to help mask the sound and supplying them with plenty of hay does the trick. If your horse is normally out in the field, keep it there as long as it is safe, secure and not near the fireworks display area.

Be sure and check on your horse during the evening to make sure he/she is okay, even staying with them as sometimes the owner has a calming effect on the horse but be careful as to not get in their way upon startling and getting you hurt.

Lastly, don’t take the risk of riding when you think fireworks might be set off, it’s not worth the risk even on the most broke horse. On that note I hope everyone, humans and horses, have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

Fourth of July barrel race with Jeffries Productions is having a $250 added 4D barrel race at Hamilton’s Sports outdoor arena in Vian today. This will be a Barrel Bash qualifier, WPRA approved and will have a junior sidepot. No worries, no fireworks going off near the arena and none allowed at the jackpot.

The exhibitions start at 6 p.m. and jackpot at 8 p.m. Contact Corkie or Linda Jeffries on Facebook or call Linda at (918) 329-6776.

Calling all youth ropers. Rangeline Arena is having a youth roping today for 14 & under. Ropers must be rated a No. 3 or under. pick 1, draw 2 for $45 a roper. Enter two times, 3 head. Books open 10 a.m., rope at 11 a.m. An 8-point saddle roping will follow capped at No 5. It’s going to be a fun day of roping with of lots of prizes. Rangeline Arena has more information on its Facebook page or call Rick at (918) 557-9951.

Barton Arena Productions will be having a team roping drawpot today at the Checotah Round Up Club. Books close at 8 p.m. Call Bart for more information (918) 616-9269 or check out their Facebook page.

Hampton Rodeo Company is having a rodeo at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Pryor. IPRA & ACRA approved. FMI call (800) 639-9002 or go to acrarodeo-.com/events

Regional Pro Bull Riding event at the Fort Gibson Round Up Club arena Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children with 6-under free. Contact Garr Ranch Productions at (918) 681-4394 for further information.

Loose Rowel Rodeo Company is having a rodeo at Owasso at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Books open at 6 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’ starts at 7:15 p.m. Contact George Bowman at (918) 637-3819 or go to looserowelrodeo.com or look them up on Facebook.

There is a new 4D barrel series at the Lightning B Arena in Beggs starting Sunday. Fore more information, look up Greg Stromme on Facebook.

The Checotah Round Up Club is having a Bob Berg Buckle Summer Heat Series through Aug. 13, 4D open with 1/2-second splits and juniors 3D with full-second splits.  Open entry fee is $20 with 80 percent payout. Junior entry fee is $10 with 100 percent payout. (Juniors is 12-under, age as of Jan. 1).

There will be a $5 one time per person arena fee unless you are a member. Open arena, free ride will be from 5-5:45 p.m. Exhibitions from 6-7:45 p.m. Juniors will start at 8 p.m. with the open to follow. Contact Twila Meier at (918) 843-0923 or like the Facebook page at Checotah Round-Up Club.

Entries will be taken until the first horse runs in the open. It is cash entries only at the office, no call-ins.

Awards are to be determined and if you are a current CRUC member, there is no arena fee. Hope to see you there for this seven-week CRUC Summer Heat Series.

The Sooner Barrel Racing Association is having a barrel race at the Coweta Round Up Club Arena on Saturday. There will be pee wees, youth and open 4D with a 5D incentive classes.

Exhibitions start at 6 p.m. and the classes start at 8 p.m. To pre-enter, contact Kathy Sontag today at (918) 237-9364. You can also visit their website at soonerbarrels.com for the race schedule, all the rules, results and this year’s standings.

The Muskogee RUC had another successful barrel racing last Thursday. Jaylie Roper won it with a 16.293 on a horse named Killer.

Remember there will not be a jackpot tonight because of the holiday. They will resume July 11. FMI call Rhonda Stewart at (918) 869-1498 or go to the Muskogee Round Up Club website at muskogeeroundupclub.com

Want to try team sorting? Rick and Gail Ward have a great team sorting each Friday. Gates open about 6 p.m. and sorting starts at 8 p.m. Go to Hillbilly Ranch and Arena and like their Facebook page or call Rick at (918) 684-7026 or Gail at (918) 682-2581.

The Lightning B Arena continues to have a Tuesday night 4D barrel race with $100 added to the Open and $25 added to the pee wees and Youth each. Exhibitions start at 6 p.m. and classes at 8 p.m. There will be pee wees, youth and open. The arena is the one on the West side of Beggs, up on the hill. Go to Lightning B Arena on Facebook or call Diane Brereton at (319) 759-2382.

Reach Vicki Beene with rodeo news or comments at ridinhighsaddlery@yahoo.com or (405) 826-5531.